I love granola bars, however, I hate all of the preservatives that you find in all the store bought bars. A few years back, I found a great easy recipe to make your own granola bars. Personally, I think these have way more taste then the ones you would buy in the store. They look exactly like store bought, but tastes way better and does not have all of the “junk” that a store bought bar contains!
This recipe allows for a lot of variety in the ingredients that you use. Which is awesome, because you can use the same recipe over and over again! They are also very easy and fast to make!
3 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts – i like to use walnuts, pecans, almonds, cashews – but really any selection works
1 cup sweetened or unsweetened flaked coconut
1/2 sunflower seeds
2 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal – rice krispies works just as well
1/3 cup flax seeds or wheat germ
1 cup raisins or chopped dates – or use any dried fruit you prefer
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 – combine the first 4 ingredients and place in a 13 x 9 x 2 -in baking pan and bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees Celsius. take out and stir every 5 -7 minutes.
2 – in a seperate bowl, combine crisp rice cereal, flax seeds and raisins, add the dried baked ingredients to this bowl – set aside
3 – combine brown sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium – high heat, stir frequently. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla extract, and mix well.
4 – pour this syrup mixture over the dried ingredients mixture and stir until well coated. only pour have the syrup mixture and then add the milk and then finish with the rest of the syrup mixture.
5 – quickly spread this mixture into the 13 x 9 x 2-in baking pan, and press down to evenly spread out the mixture. Let the mixture sit and become firm.
this recipe makes about 36 bars
These granola bars are also very chewy, if you want to add some chocolate, add about 1/2 cup of chocolate chips when you are adding the milk. However, I think adding the chocolate takes away from the healthy aspect of these bars!
However, these bars are to be made unique to each persons taste, so have fun and add your favorite ingredients!